Posts Tagged ‘2019 The Year of the Earth Pig’

Girls’ Talk

February 4, 2019

Girls’ Talk.

Sarah was the middle sister of three. Last year her younger sister died. Following this she took a demanding job, commuted to a town she didn’t know and worked herself to exhaustion. I’ve been setting up her home for the fresh energy of this new year of the Earth Pig.

Before I catch my train home – a rare direct connection to Guildford from the double-glazed rat trap that is Birmingham New Street (where there security barriers keeping you back from the security barriers)  – we sit for a couple of minutes in her car. This last 12 months has been break-neck for her. Now she figures she needs to be still and feel the pain she has been running from.

“Girls Talk” by Dave Edmunds selects itself on her car radio.

It was the Queen who said that grief is the price we pay for love. Probably written for her, to be fair, but profound just the same. And it’s only respectful. I tell Sarah about my own sister who died, pregnant and beautiful aged 32, from whatever follows pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia, I guess.

“I don’t think I felt this depth of grief,” I say. “The grief you’re simultaneously feeling and not-feeling.”

She nods.

“You’re the boss, this is your life,” I say, “But it may be about time to open up to it. We have two choices essentially with feelings: distraction or immersion. And since distraction always leads to immersion, it seems to make sense to go there first. Gin & tonic, heroin, nicotine and soap operas, they all just delay the moment.”

“I know,” she says. “I’ve been so busy. That was what I intended, anything rather than entering the grief. When I get home I don’t want to do anything. Sleep and work, that’s it.”

Her career’s going great.

“The human condition seems to consist of lessons tied up in feelings,” I say, “We call them negative emotions because we generally choose not to like them.”

She takes a deep breath; her eyes glisten and she purses her lips.

She feels her sister nearby, she tells me. I look within; it’s like a wisp of dizziness, a wave of vertigo and then gone. There’s such grief in her eyes now.

The most unusual detail of her house is an odd niche in an outside wall to the South East – the place of the Wind, the ultimate yin, “gentle and thorough but ultimately adamant”, as the Book of Changes has it. South East – the place of sisters. When I visit Sarah I’ve always been drawn there.

I’m not so literal – or as brutal – as to see a causal connection here. Feng shui’s not like that – things do not I think, occur because you get the feng shui wrong. Think of what unhelpful silliness that can lead to. I think the metaphors built into a house simply tell a story that we can sometimes decode and work with: a skid into which we may drive. There’s a small fountain here now, embellished with a sad little angel. It’s all a bit too damp and the pump has stopped. But then it’s January.

Bringing Sarah’s home up to date for the New Chinese Year, now pretty much with us, includes identifying the helpful 8 and 9 “Stars” and “activating” them. Bright light is an effective booster, but in some cases inappropriate because of the energy that’s already there. These are reckoned by many to be the abundance Stars btw. Of which I inform you with due caution.

Every part of our houses equates to a certain member of the family, a location within (and without) the building, particular types of activity, a Trigram from the Book of Changes and a thousand thousand other things. The numbers of the “Stars” are tags for a million metaphors.

Next priority is the 5 or Wu Huang “Five Yellow” Star which is reckoned to bring plagues of boils; generally this isn’t literal. The 5 is ambivalent, both Earth and Fire, and although it belongs in the centre of the house, it flies about. This year it’s in the South West. And it’s doubly tricky because the 5 alone of the integers 1 to 9 lacks a corresponding Trigram. It’s not, unlike say the North West which belongs to the Father and Authority, a member of the family. Feng shui enthusiasts who’ve only been taught Western dilutions of classical theory learn that the 5 Star is Bad with a capital Buh. The nonagenarian guys in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan whose names you’ll never hear, know that the 5 is the power; harnessing it is the Holy Grail.

We agree to tame it with Metal and a t’ang lung charm.

Then I show her this year’s He Tu Journeys. He what Journeys? you might reasonably ask. These journeys make for opportunities to take charge of our space. Each year, each segment of the home houses different Stars (as you may already have worked out) and the ancient He Tu Map defines the connections between them. The 3 Star for instance whose home is in the East but this year has migrated to the South, has affinity with the 8 Star which lives North East but sits at the centre or tai chi this year.

I’m not making this stuff up, honest.

There are four or five daily He Tu Journeys each year. Journey number one for this Earth Pig Year is from the South to the tai chi, bringing light to the heart of things.

I encourage Sarah to take these walks every morning but nothing is lost if a few are missed. Find the beginning location, breathe deeply into it and take that breath to the end location. More powerful if you say, take a tumblestone across the divide, but most powerful when the walker finds their own meaning within it. In that place that we all know to one extent or another, where visualisation meets alpha rhythms, such a recognition moves mountains. We might call it prayer. Prayer consisting of a desperate last minute request may or may not land, prayer that simply identifies and accepts the appropriate cannot miss its mark.

And then we set up a walk from the South to that sad little assembly in the South East, from the Middle Daughter to the Youngest.

She wants to talk awhile before we leave. She says she knows she has locked something away.

“It’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen,” she says.

Ah. Going with the flow. Careful with that. Living is a dynamic process and there’s no limit to the ability of human beings to turn liberating ideas into chains. “Going with the flow” can be one such chain. Sometimes the flow – that is the tao – leads through difficulty, sometimes through opposition. The appropriate path is not always simply a door that’s been left open.

“For myself,” I tell her, “That kind of pain – a broken heart however caused – hangs like a weight until it’s owned. Feeling and not feeling while the mind is constantly engaged trying to solve and explain and reassure. Hurts.  And it’s not much help. The reassurance does not reassure.”

“Sometimes the flow, the Tao, what-have-you demands ingenuity, sometimes a lowering of barriers. Nothing I can do for you will save you from the need to make decisions.”

“I know,” she says.

“Time for a cry,” I say.

“I know that too.”

When I get on the train, the first track that comes on is “I don’t feel amazing” by the Guillemots: “Can’t stop those noises at the door.” She knows that and there’s nothing wrong with her door..

“Just be sure to make those journeys.”

Richard Ashworth © 2019.

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

Every month we send paying subscribers a more comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

Subscriptions (and further info)Sheila@imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Rat in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

January 11, 2019

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The Rat in the Year of the Earth Pig 2019

Rat 2019

Who is a Rat?

Years:  1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.
Month*:  December
Hour: 11:00 pm – 01:00 am
Day: ask us

* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. I can let you know this too.

What is a Rat?

The Rat is yang water but with a hidden stem of yin Water, that is to say pure Water, the only Chinese Animal that is so pure. All Water on this planet, unless interfered with by outside forces, is connected with and on the same level as all other Water. Sea level at Zeebrugge is the same as sea level at Miami. If I spill my cup of tea here in Surrey and you spill yours in Taiwan, sooner or later they’ll mix. It may take aeons but they’ll mix. This powerful idea may clarify the connection between Water and communication.

Someone said that we have two ears and one mouth for a good reason: that we should listen twice as much as we speak. The issues relating to Water are listening and speaking while keeping the ratios right. The Rat can easily miss this. Some of us are elected primarily to talk and the yang Water of the Rat says it’s you. The Rat is the talker of the Chinese Zodiac. As you know, an unbalanced or distressed Rat tends to clam up or run off at the mouth. Which will it be this year?

Interestingly both Prince Harry and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales are Rats. Charles’ career has been one of juggling his often outspoken opinions with the privilege of his position. It’s likely that Harry’s lessons will be similar; wise observation of his father’s conundrum could be invaluable. Rats tend to blurt or have learned to be shtum.

The Rat is supreme in the realm of ideas. It is said that when you can tell Water from Fire, you are a master. The blue of the sky at mid-summer, for instance is not Water but Fire. Who can identify this consistently? The Rat who is a planner and a plotter and a deep thinker, is the most likely candidate. He thinks ahead, sometimes to the detriment of his awareness of the present. This makes him a good chess player but not so great at poker. He is apt to be too controlling for games that require openness – even to good fortune. That sort of uncertainty can be painful. Your average Rat wants the credit and to get that he has to be in control.

In conversation you may find that the mature Rat second guesses in a very distinctive way: typically he gets his correspondent to commit to a position before he states his; a very useful quality in a teacher but not everyone’s cup of tea in a collaborator. The Dragon and the Monkey, even the Ox, may find this reassuring but it drives the Horse and the Tiger wild and to some extent even the Dog.

Being big talkers and travellers, Rats are traditionally suited to work involving communication: sales, oratory and persuasion. In the collaboration with the Rabbit, Rooster and Horse that Derek Walters (himself a Rat) calls the Flowers of Love, the Rat is the talker, the chatter-up if you will, where the Rooster provides the glamour, the Horse the passion and the Rabbit the stamina. A Rat with the assistance of these other Animals is effortlessly successful and charismatic. Whichever may be missing at any given time indicates his weaknesses. None of the others however is ever much at ease in the company of the Rat.

An unbalanced Rat talks too much and listens selectively. A balanced one gets it exactly right; he is fascinating talker and a skilled listener. But this wilful deafness can be a point of pride. Blessed with an orderly mind and excellent retention, a Rat can consider his ignorance of a subject a reflection upon the subject rather than upon himself. This sort of Rat needs to learn to value the convictions of others, especially if they are derived from premises he does not accept.

The Rat is a guardian, a watcher. Sometimes he is self-appointed and the unbalanced Rat has a particular blindness that leads him to believe that his opinion is an absolute. This is more accentuated and less well-informed in his partner the Ox in what some call the House of Creativity (or Cleverness). The relationship between the Ox and the Rat is less that of partners than of pupil and tutor but the Ox can be a particularly obdurate and dominating learner, sometimes drawing conclusions to which he is not entitled and sticking like a limpet to any conclusion he can justify. In these circumstances the Ox is not so much partner or indeed student of the Rat as tormentor. When Ox and Rat are together it is the Ox who calls the tunes.

A very conscious Rat can make good use of his blindness to the value of other people’s positions. She is likely to be able to explain things that baffle others and to derive laws from this gift. To have no explanation however is to open himself up to chaos. If he knows this about himself he can master even the most abstract discipline.

The Rat is versatile and multi-talented though not as notably so as the Pig of whom he is often jealous or the Dragon who can baffle him despite their mutual affinity. Yang water can speak of profligacy with money. The Rat is a brilliant small businessman but often a poor tycoon. In the power triad with the Dragon and Monkey, the Rat may appear to overvalue the hands-on deftness of the Monkey because he finds the Monkey easier to control and may envy the Dragon his magic. Twin Rats Robert Plant and John Bonham and Monkey Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (formed in the Monkey Year of 1968) may be a good example of this creative tension.

And it is this potential for envy that is the other big weakness of the Rat and lays him open once more to the Rooster of the year who of course shares it. The full-on spontaneity of Fire has always drawn resentment from certain Rats. He can’t admire what he can’t himself master. This can lead to him not getting credit for originality of mind. Consider Water Rat Alan Turing of Enigma fame. And finally the Rat can be a fickle partner but an attentive parent, albeit one who may have favourites. The awakened Rat is absolutely even-handed; that in itself is quite a gift.

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

The Rat in 2019

2018 was lonely. Those in power forgot how much the Rat had contributed to their causes in the past. The Rat’s mentorship has been disregarded. You shared your secrets but they were not valued. Your associates Dragon and Monkey were struggling too, possibly with illness or depression and weren’t able to help you as much as usual.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, is a 1972 Water Rat. She resigned her post in the Trump administration in October 2018 – Dog month, Dog year. As a Rat, Nikki realized before others that her thwarted efforts meant it was time to leave the sinking ship. There are rumors that she will run for President in 2020. The Ox in her month says she would be better as an advisor to the winner. The Rat in her year says if the election were in 2019 she’d run.

Though the earthy nature of 2018 is still present in the first quarter of the year, the Pig of 2019 brings relief to the Rat by beginning the water cycle. Water is your element. Your gift of articulacy has been compromised by the Dog year. You’ll be returning to your usual wordsmithing around February.

The Rat’s good ideas about leadership have gone unappreciated, and now she thinks that being in an advisor role is not enough. Being number two feels like losing. This competitiveness is a live issue for you throughout the year, peaking in April. Patience. 2021 is coming.

You are the most expressive of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals, and in January you’ll be taking talent that in a different direction with a new agenda. It only feels risky because it’s not your usual way. A new iteration of your job is calling you to apply the benefits of your education, training and background for those who need justice. You’re worried about how this will affect the lifestyle you’re accustomed to, but you needn’t be. Go with it.

In 2019 the Ox’s influence on the Rat is growing,. The Ox is interested in practical applications of justice and brings a heightened sensitivity to a Rat’s work. Rats are usually more comfortable wielding justice in a political sense, like a judge. Impartiality falls away in 2019 as Rats realize that justice is personal too.

In 2019 your natural charisma is enhanced. There’s romance if you want it. Your position on the dial plate amplifies your problem solving abilities regarding romance and everything else. In April and August especially, you are needed. Channel your refusal to lose so that it benefits others.

The Horse month of June, your clash month, is easier to manage this year. You’ll be putting out fires, literally and figuratively, likely on behalf of someone else.

Your full recovery from the Dog year will arrive in August. Timing and clarity become yours again for the fall and winter. You’ll need it to deal with your competitors.

Roosters are having another tough year, and will seek your counsel in September. Be open.

By December you’ll be officially working for the Ox, but that’s another story. Curious? 

© Stephanie Stewart 2019

 

Earth Pig Forecast Day 2019 UK: A World of Truffles

October 26, 2018
A World of Truffles
Richard’s Forecast Day for the Earth Pig Year 2019
Godalming, Saturday 1st December 2018.
 

2019 The Year of the Earth Pig.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglit.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
AA Milne.

The Pig is an optimist. She’s a sticker because she know things work out. Even when they look like they won’t. This is that kind of year, I think.

As it happens some of the most important events in Chinese history have fallen into Pig years – notably 1911 when the first shots of revolution were fired and 1935 the year of the legendary Long March. These both formed the beginnings of long series of events; there was blood, sweat and toil to follow before the tasks were complete. The Metal Pig Year (often called the Golden Pig) is proverbially prosperous but that prosperity is the culmination of concentrated effort.

As I said, it’s going to be that kind of year. My task as diviner and thinker-ahead is to suggest ways to work this to our advantage. And not just for the Rabbits, Sheep and Tigers whose free ticket may come at the price of awareness.

Above all the Pig is versatile. From the earliest times rural Chinese kept Pigs in the lower floors of their houses – perhaps the earliest form of central heating. This speaks both of the ingenuity and realism of the Chinese and the usefulness of pigs. Or Pigs.

So those born in the Pig year (1947, 59, 71, 83 & 95) are likely to be multi-talented multi-taskers and have many interests. Career wise they may be spoiled for choice. Which is mostly a good thing of course. But as financier, inventor, entrepreneur and mega-sulk Elon Musk demonstrates, not always. And it’s this ability to improvise that will be most valuable this year.

For the rest of us the Earth Pig may mean the sort of upheavals that require us to adapt rapidly. This may apply to your home, your business, your social or your love life. Or all of the above. At home alterations may become necessary, at work, space may be needed for new personnel; socially we may be called upon to suspend judgement and mix with strangers. Outside in the wider world, Brexit, the mid-term elections of the Trump administration and mayhem in the Middle East promise chaos.

Things affect different people differently of course. Rabbits will tend to take this all in their stride while Snakes like Bashar-al-Assad may have big learning thrust upon them. Not a great year for him by the way. Or Monkeys such as Theresa May and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

There’s much more: gravitating to the centre of things will help most of us. Those in houses facing Northwest or Southwest should probably use a different entrance. We will all generally tend to be more dependent upon authority and less trusting of it.

Of all the Animals the Pig is the least able to ask for help. This may be why the formation of cliques and exclusive groups of males are not a Pig kind of thing. Stevie Smith’s poem “Not waving but drowning” is about a Pig. The lessons of a Pig year tend to be about cooperating in order to get by or get ahead. And Pigs themselves are not so great at it; Derren Brown has an interesting year ahead of him while the positivity of Tigers like affable NHS leach Richard Branson may be more distant whistle than anthem and the populist roar of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras more shrill than chilling.

What about your own Animal and your home? The only constant, as the proverb goes, is change and if you know how there are always ways to roll with new challenges and wrestle them to our advantage.


On Dec 1st in Godalming I will be outlining what’s likely to be happening to whom and in which part of the world and which part of your house in 2019 and what to do about it. Join us.                                                                                                 

And on Dec 2nd via Zoom. Timing will depend on your time zone, spaces very strictly limited.                                                                                                                                                 

The cost is £125.00. If paying by Paypal please add a £5.00 supplement to cover their charges.                                                                                                                                                   For more details contact: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth © 2018
www.imperialfengshui.info

Richard Ashworth is among the most respected Western Feng Shui Masters. He has worked from Lebanon to Bermuda, in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and with stars such as Kelly Hoppen and Gillian Anderson. Unusually for a Western Master, he has addressed the Grand Masters at the International Feng Shui Conference in Singapore. His day job remains “walking round people’s spaces being enigmatic”.

Every month we send paying subscribers a comprehensive monthly bulletin than this one, covering in detail right places to be (and when) as well as helpful days Animal by Animal and much more from the Chinese calendar.

Subscriptions (and further info)sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth©
www.imperialfengshui.info

2019: Year of the Earth Pig Forecast Day

October 19, 2018

2019 The Year of the Earth Pig.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglit.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
AA Milne.

The Pig is an optimist. She’s a sticker because she know things work out. Even when they look like they won’t. This is that kind of year, I think.

As it happens some of the most important events in Chinese history have fallen into Pig years – notably 1911 when the first shots of revolution were fired and 1935 the year of the legendary Long March. These both formed the beginnings of long series of events; there was blood, sweat and toil to follow before the tasks were complete. The Metal Pig Year (often called the Golden Pig) is proverbially prosperous but that prosperity is the culmination of concentrated effort.

As I said, it’s going to be that kind of year. My task as diviner and thinker-ahead is to suggest ways to work this to our advantage. And not just for the Rabbits, Sheep and Tigers whose free ticket may come at the price of awareness.

Above all the Pig is versatile. From the earliest times rural Chinese kept Pigs in the lower floors of their houses – perhaps the earliest form of central heating. This speaks both of the ingenuity and realism of the Chinese and the usefulness of pigs. Or Pigs.

So those born in the Pig year (1947, 59, 71, 83 & 95) are likely to be multi-talented multi-taskers and have many interests. Career wise they may be spoiled for choice. Which is mostly a good thing of course. But as financier, inventor, entrepreneur and mega-sulk Elon Musk demonstrates, not always. And it’s this ability to improvise that will be most valuable this year.

For the rest of us the Earth Pig may mean the sort of upheavals that require us to adapt rapidly. This may apply to your home, your business, your social or your love life. Or all of the above. At home alterations may become necessary, at work, space may be needed for new personnel; socially we may be called upon to suspend judgement and mix with strangers. Outside in the wider world, Brexit, the mid-term elections of the Trump administration and mayhem in the Middle East promise chaos.

Things affect different people differently of course. Rabbits will tend to take this all in their stride while Snakes like Bashar-al-Assad may have big learning thrust upon them. Not a great year for him by the way. Or Monkeys such as Theresa May and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

There’s much more: gravitating to the centre of things will help most of us. Those in houses facing Northwest or Southwest should probably use a different entrance. We will all generally tend to be more dependent upon authority and less trusting of it.

Of all the Animals the Pig is the least able to ask for help. This may be why the formation of cliques and exclusive groups of males are a Pig kind of thing. Stevie Smith’s poem “Not waving but drowning” is about a Pig. The lessons of a Pig year tend to be about cooperating in order to get by or get ahead. And Pigs themselves are not so great at it; Derren Brown has an interesting year ahead of him while the positivity of Tigers like affable NHS leach Richard Branson may be more distant whistle than anthem and the populist roar of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras more shrill than chilling.

What about your own Animal and your home? The only constant, as the proverb goes, is change and if you know how there are always ways to roll with new challenges and wrestle them to our advantage.

On Dec 1st in Godalming when I will be outlining what’s likely to be happening to whom and in which part of the world and which part of your house in 2019 and what to do about it. Join us.

And on Dec 2nd via Zoom. Timing will depend on your time zone, spaces very strictly limited.

The cost is £100.00 if paid by 1st November 2018, after that £125.00. Your place is only guaranteed if paid in full.

If paying by Paypal please add a £5.00 supplement please.
For more details contact: sheilaashworthfengshui@gmail.com

Richard Ashworth © 2018
www.imperialfengshui.info